Poland to focus on West-Russian issues as OSCE chairperson, expert says – world
WARSAW, December 25. / TASS /. Taking over the presidency of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) on January 1, 2022, Poland will raise the issues of current tensions between the West and Russia, Maciej Ras, political analyst and associate professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw, TASS said.
“As president, Poland will try to raise the ranking of issues such as the de-escalation of the crisis around Ukraine, the tensions in relations between Ukraine and Russia, the West and Russia, the improved security in Ukraine, which is easy to predict, “he said. “In addition, I believe that Poland will raise the issue of new threats, for example regarding what is happening on the border of Belarus and European countries,” added the expert.
“Probably, some issues that we are not yet aware of will also be put on the agenda because something can always happen in the field of security, and not just in Eastern Europe,” he said. note.
“The OSCE no longer plays such an important role in the European security system with which it was associated, say, in the 1990s. This will hardly be the priority of Polish international policy, although given the current tensions. existing in relations between the West and Russia, threats related to the crisis around Ukraine, Poland will clearly raise these questions, ”Ras explained.
Speaking about how Warsaw will establish dialogue with Russia as OSCE chairman, the expert regretted that “Poland will try in its relations with Russia to raise the issues of de-escalation in Europe, to improve the security level currently threatened. “” It is still being discussed, both sides are talking about it, “he noted.
Asked whether the Polish-Russian relations, which have not been very favorable in recent years, affect the quality of this dialogue, Ras replied that “it is possible to conduct a dialogue under various conditions”.
“There are countries in Western Europe that talk about a dialogue with Russia even in a situation where relations are not friendly, and this dialogue does not produce much. But a dialogue is underway, it is is why a dialogue can be held by diplomats, “he said. .